Events Committee

Kea Matory - Chair

The Events Committee is responsible for supporting events for MSJDN members, including the Annual Reception, Making the Right Moves, Homefront Rising, Founders’ Day meet ups, Supreme Court Swearing In ceremonies, and other networking and social gatherings. Volunteers are needed to help with planning and publicizing local and national events. 

Kea Matory is the Chief External Relations Officer for Purdue Applied Research Institute. In her role she leads engagements with Congress, the Executive Branch, and the defense industry. She previously led the Legislative Policy team for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), advocating and educating for the development and support of policies for the safety and security of our nation. Matory joined NDIA after serving as the Legislative Affairs Officer at Headquarters, Marine Corps’ Marine and Family Programs Division. In the civilian sector, Matory served as the Director of a woman-owned small business government consulting firm; as an attorney providing legal advice to service members; and at a national VSO, securing Veterans’ Affairs and DoD benefits for injured veterans and service members. She is considered a subject matter expert, providing commentary for media outlets and as a public speaker for issues relating to national security. She received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Arizona State University.

Kristen Eastman - Vice-Chair

Kristen Eastman is an attorney at Troutman Pepper, serving within the Consumer Financial Services practice group. Her areas of specialization include the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts or Practices (UDAAP), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Regulation F, along with related state laws. Prior to Troutman Pepper, Kristen served for nearly five years as Chief Compliance Officer of the creditors’ rights practice group at a regional law firm. She received her JD from Regent University School of Law in 2019 and joined MSJDN in 2021. Kristen has a passion for helping veterans receive their benefits and has done pro bono work for organizations that assist veterans in a variety of legal issues related to their benefit and discharge status. She currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia with her active duty husband and two retired greyhounds.

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Accomplishments

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we transitioned to a virtual event model which resulted in the largest event turnout for MSJDN to-date at Making the Right Moves 2020 where Dr. Jill Biden served as our closing Keynote Speaker. We anticipate incorporating a virtual and/or hybrid event format moving forward to allow our geographically separated membership the most flexibility.

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Goals/Projects

In 2021 we celebrated MSJDN's 10th Anniversary. In the Fall of 2021 we have two United States Supreme Court Swearing-In ceremonies scheduled as well as our Making the Right Moves annual professional development conference.

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